I love souvenir cups. If the large is a quarter less than the SUPER LARGE. My decision is usually made solely on the cup.
Most of the time the GIGANTIC soda is served in a plastic cup that you can save for future generations.
In addition, every gift shop of every building I have ever been in has at least one coffee mug for sale. I have a weakness for glassware and I am not ashamed to admit it.
Let’s take a look at a few gems from my collection:
The Nixon and Elvis mug
Purchased at the gift shop of the Richard Nixon Library, this mug could easily have been purchased at Graceland. But, I ask you "Where else on God's green earth could one obtain such a thing?"
I have spent many a morning sipping a cup of Joe from this mug and I must say that I don't know what makes me MORE ready to face the day: the coffee or the mugs of The King and The President that I see on this mug. I should drink Mug root beer from this mug as I look at their mugs as I get mugged.
I would make a Harry Potter "muggle" reference here, but I'm just too lazy to think of one.
Minority Women of Enron cup
I know, "Minority Women of Enron cup" sounds like the coolest soccer match ever staged, but it's not. It’s just a red cup.
I bought this on eBay as a way to remember the Enron collapse. It seems triple depressing to me at this point. Imagine the defaulters that minority women face in the business world. Then multiply it by 10 and you can imagine what it might be like to be a minority woman who lost their job due to the Enron collapse.
Still, it's a pretty red color and that makes me happy.
Dwayne Hickman's Fancy mug
Dwayne Hickman was TV's Dobie Gillis. Today he is an artist and this cup proves it. This is a fine mug. Extra tall and good for coffee OR soda OR spitting chewing tobacco into.
Dwayne was giving these away at an art event I attended last year. It showcases several of the beautiful paintings that I couldn't afford.
It's pretty obvious that I got this at Epcot in Walt Disney World. I don't have a unique story about it, but I do love it.
It has a handle in the back that makes it a surprisingly small container for your favorite drink. Still, the Spaceship Earth cup isn't here to help with thirst quenching it is here to make people jealous that THEY don't have one.
I DARE you to tell me that you AREN'T jealous of this one!
If you can do that then I DARE you to send me $50.
My Fake Dunkin' Donuts cup
I know it LOOKS like an ordinary Styrofoam coffee cup, but it is not! It is only pretending to be one. In fact is molded from fine plastic and will be around for many years to come.
They still sell these at Dunkin' Donuts so go see for yourself so you don't spend your time wondering if I am just lying and showing you a picture of an old Styrofoam cup.
The Congaloosh Moose
A small but memorable mug, this is a rendering of the talking moose head on the wall at Pleasure Island's Adventure's Club. Located in Walt Disney World Florida, the club is actually a bar that features wacky shows every half hour or so.
The moose cup has been discontinued I am told, and that is truly a shame.
It holds very little beverage and it is difficult to hold. It has no handle and so you are left trying to grip it by his antlers. Unfortunately they are made of rubber and they bend.
Pirate Book Cup
I found this in a Suncoast that was going out of business. I think it cost a quarter. It's a character from the Macaulay Culkin animated/live action film The Pagemaster.
I don't drink from it; I really just needed someone to keep the moose company.
The Westin Bonaventure
This cup is shaped like a famous Los Angeles hotel, the Westin Bonaventure. The hotel has been seen in a number of films including the climatic ending of In The Line of Fire.
At the very top floor there is a bar/restaurant called the Bonanvista Lounge. It is circular with huge glass windows providing an amazing view of the city. The lounge even rotates.
The restaurant was the setting for the 1980s sitcom 'It's a Living' starring Ann Jillian.
They sell this glass along with about a dozen other wacky glasses in the shape of cowboy boots and movie cameras. The drinks can be quite strong, and since the room is already spinning it can be tough to know when you had enough to drink.
If you go there, buy me one of the glasses shaped like the state of California. I'd go myself, but I am not allowed back.
Curse you wacky glasses!